• Model Train Maintenance
    4:06

    In this final episode of the amazing Stony Creek & Western Rwy, owner Gil Freitag and Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller discuss model train maintenance issues on the large 28’ x 45’ HO scale layout. Gil shares some of his model train tips, and his most important one to viewers is simply – run trains!

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  • Scratch Built Model Railroad Structures
    7:16

    A lifelong model railroad enthusiast, Gil Freitag, who built the spectacular Stony Creek & Western Rwy, has always scratch built model railroad structures; it’s what enthuses his most about the hobby. ‘Little wonder he’s received so many national and regional awards for his structure building. In Part 8 of his series on the SC&W, Model

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    In Part 7 of his behind the scenes tour of the renowned Stony Creek & Western Rwy with owner, Gil Freitag, Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller hears about some of the lessons learned from one of the hobby’s most prolific model railroad builders. Gil has built almost 95% of the layout himself – handlaid track,

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  • Electromagnetic Uncoupler
    4:11

    If you enjoy model railroad switching operations like Stony Creek & Western’s Gil Freitag, you’ll often find you need two hands to hold the cab throttle and speed knob, and a third hand to uncouple with a pick! Gil has come up with a solution to that problem, and he shows Model Railroad Academy’s Allen

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  • Model Train Operations Session
    3:16

    Stony Creek & Western’s Gil Freitag really enjoys model train operations, but used to spend ‘way too much time preparing for an ops session. Now, he’s streamlined the process to just ten minutes, and he shares his tips for model railroad operations with Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller in Part 5 of his series on

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  • Model Train Base
    3:13

    Model railroaders have various methods for creating a model train base for scenery. Stony Creek & Western’s Gil Freitag shares his easy tried-and-true method using sand with Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller. In Part 4 of his behind the scenes tour of the SC&W, Gil demonstrates how he was able to create so much mountain-like

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  • Stony Creek & Western
    4:47

    For Gil Freitag of the Stony Creek & Western, model railroading has been in his blood since he was six years old. As one of eight kids, he bought some Lionel locomotives from his local hobby shop and built a small layout he operated until he was in college. He tells Model Railroad Academy’s Allen

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  • Stony Creek & Western
    9:36

    Gil Freitag’s Stony Creek & Western Rwy, though freelanced, was inspired by Rocky Mountain prototypes, so you’ll see lots of “way freights” and “turns” as the trackage ascends from Stony Creek and descends at the other end in Provo – with numerous small mining towns in between for switching action. It’s a classic example of

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  • Mountain Landscape Modeling
    10:12

    While the legendary John Allen and his Gorre & Daphetid railroad are long gone, his incredible model railroad mountain scenery continue to inspire new generations of railroaders. Model Railroad Academy’s Allen Keller meets layout builder and award-winning structure builder, Gil Freitag, and tours his Stony Creek & Western Rwy (SC&W) which pays homage to Allen’s

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